Student artist wins Junction City competition

Tabor College senior Emily Railsback recently won the 2010 Premier Artist Award determined each year by the Junction City Art Council.

The contest is open to any college senior from Kansas who is planning to pursue a career in art.

As the winner, chosen by a panel of established artists and art professionals, Railsback will have her art featured at the art council?s annual Premier Ball.

Railsback, a Hillsboro High School alum, will also have the opportunity to meet with various art galleries around Kansas to discuss displaying her work in additional locations.

As part of the contest, each artist must enter 10 original pieces, which are judged on originality, clarity of style, quality, potential and overall impression.

Contestants are also required to submit an artist statement about their personal philosophy of art. Railsback chose a theme of ?raw beauty? for her entries.

?I wanted to find beautiful moments in everyday life?moments you wouldn?t necessarily think of as beautiful at first,? Railsback said.

A graphic design and international studies major, Railsback has been pursuing art since high school and has always been involved in the fine arts, working with dance and theater in addition to her painting and photography.

Railsback said she?s still trying to figure out her favorite medium of art.

?That?s tricky,? she said. ?The three media I really love are painting, photography and design.?

In addition to art, Railsback also enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures. This love for travel inspired several works of art about her time spent helping those in need in Peru.

These works were displayed in an art show at Little Pleasures coffee shop in November, and some of these paintings were entered in the Premier Artist competition as well.

The Junction City Art Council has been sponsoring the Premier Artist Competition for three years now. Former Tabor College student Kelli Just won the award in 2008.

The Council strives to help young artists to jump start their career with this award. More information about the JCAC can be found at

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